Reports Released: Lower Mekong Climate Study Projects Significant Impacts to Region’s Ecosystems and Livelihoods


The USAID Mekong Adaptation and Resilience to Climate Change (Mekong ARCC) project has finalized the Climate Change Impact and Adaptation Study for the Lower Mekong Basin (LMB). This Climate Study, undertaken by a team of more than 20 international and national scientists and researchers and peer reviewed by experts from globally respected research organizations, details  anticipated changes to the climate regime of the LMB and how these will impact key livelihood sectors, including agriculture, capture fisheries and aquaculture, livestock, and natural systems.

A clear finding of this Climate Study is that the LMB will see more extremes – wetter wet seasons, drier dry seasons, higher temperatures, more frequent and extreme flood events – and that these changes will put pressure on traditional agricultural and natural systems in the basin, rendering unsuitable land one thought ideal for certain crops and shifting traditional ecosystems upland. The study identified priority provinces throughout the LMB that will see the greatest shift in temperature or rainfall or an increase in salinity. The next phase of the project will focus on supporting vulnerable communities in many of these provinces adapt to the impacts of climate change by incorporating scientific findings from the Climate Study into community planning, and testing resilience strengthening livelihood techniques.

You can download climate study reports and documents from the USAID Mekong ARCC Website:

Main Report  

Summary Report:

Report Headlines:

Agriculture Sector Vulnerability report:  

Fisheries Sector Vulnerability report:

Livestock Sector Vulnerability report:

Priority Province Summaries:  


Further information, please visit

 USAID Mekong Adaptation and Resilience to Climate Change (USAID Mekong ARCC) |    MekongARCC   |    @MekongARCC

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